Hennock & Teign Village Chronicle

Published by the Hennock Village Hall Committee

300° view of Hennock from
the top of the Church Tower

© 2014 D Baker

Wartime Memories of Hennock

by Geoff Trown


My name is Geoff Trown. My sister, Gloria, my brother Tony and myself were evacuated to Hennock during the Second World War. We stayed in Hennock from 1940-45. Both my brother and I have great memories of our wonderful stay in Hennock. Firstly with the Woonocott family at Butt Park, a short stay with the Cudmores and finally with May and Sam Bradford at Ivy Cottage, next to the Palk Arms, for the remainder of the war. My brother and I have visited Hennock nearly every year since leaving. There are not many villagers who may remember us except John and Donald Wonacott, who we call upon when we visit. I understand that Mark Webber has passed away. We always chatted to him. I would be interested to know if anyone still remembers us.

I’m wondering how many people may remember my brother and I. We have so many old stories about Hennock from the old rickyards when the thrashers came to the village. The Americans visiting the pub next door to us. They way they used to drill the kids, the first chewing gum, biscuits in “cellophane”, what was that? The harvesting. So many more. When all the villagers used to go to the corn fields when harvesting and catching rabbits. I could go on all day. Thank you. Geoff

Old Vicarage

This is the family who lived at the mines above Hennock.
Great Rock? ed. Can anyone put names to them?




Dorothy Wonocott and Adele Trown taken outside Butt Park probably about 1941. Adele Trown was the mother of three evacuees, Gloria, Geoffrey and Tony who stayed in the village from 1940-45. The uniforms were the local Home Guards. Dorothy and Adele organised a large carnival parade which went around raising money for a charity during the war.


Old Vicarage

The Trown children, Tony, Gloria and Geoffrey outside Butt Park, about 1941. Looking on is Dorothy Wonocott who billeted the evacuees. A wonderful time we all had then.



This picture was probably taken about the end of the First World War. In the back row, third from right, is May Bradford, married to Sam. The two Trown boys stayed with them until the end of the Second World War.
Who were the others in the picture?